From Home Furnishing Business
FurnitureDealer.Net Upgrades Retailer Websites for Impaired
FurnitureDealer.Net, a provider of websites and Internet marketing services to independent home furnishings retailers, has upgraded its website platform.
The upgrade makes client websites more accessible to people with disabilities including visual and hearing impairments.
“We conducted extensive research and consulted with attorneys including the Home Furnishings Association’s legal counsel,” said Andy Bernstein, FurnitureDealer.Net founder. “We concluded that, in the near future, brick and mortar retailers in the United States will likely be required to comply with standards to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities. We wanted to be out in front of the regulations, so we decided to take proactive action now to anticipate the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) website standards and meet them on behalf of our clients.”
U.S. regulators have yet to define website accessibility standards or compliance requirements. However, FurnitureDealer.Net believes they will adopt Web Accessibility Standards supported by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.
FurnitureDealer.Net websites are now compatible with screen reader software that enables visually impaired users to hear text in audio or read it in braille.